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#870 Don't police me, bro! (Feminism)

55:03 | Aug 18th, 2017

Air Date: 10/21/2014 Today we take a look at a variety of ways that (mostly) men attempt to police the actions and choices of (mostly) women, causing nothing but damage as a result Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best o...Show More

#1250 Teachers at the forefront of a resurgent progressive labor movement

1:20:42 | Feb 16th

Today we take a look at recent teachers union strike in the Los Angeles school district and see it as another event in an emerging pattern of progressive uprisings that have been stirring for the last decade, fighting back against the status quo, the...Show More

#1249 Understanding Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS)

1:28:24 | Feb 12th

Today we take a look at both the BDS movement and the backlash response to it resulting in firings and legislation in many states (and pending federally) to restrict employment and business opportunities from those who fail to pledge in writing to no...Show More

#1248 There you go again. Venezuela and America's addiction to imperialism

1:16:03 | Feb 8th

Today we take a look, briefly, at the last 100 years of Venezuelan history to understand how they went from oil riches and inequality to revolution and social progress only to run afoul of American imperialism

#1247 The Fight for the Four Freedoms (FDR vs. Libertarianism)

1:15:27 | Feb 6th

Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of Rights" that laid the groundwork for the fight for economic freedom for all that continues to this day.

#1246 To amend or not to amend and if so, how? (Article V Convention)

1:17:14 | Feb 1st

Today we take a look at the warring factions of progressive and conservatives who are all trying to amend the constitution in various ways. Some progressives want to call for a Convention of States to propose an amendment, as do some conservatives, w...Show More

#1245 Don't call it a shutdown

1:13:27 | Jan 29th

Today we take a look at the planned chaos and fever dream governing style cooked up by the radical, anti-government conservatives running the country, otherwise known as the shutdown

#1244 A Nation of (Criminalized) Immigrants

1:18:12 | Jan 25th

Today we take a look at the past and present of our immigration system to understand the paradigms within which the entire debate takes place

#1243 The story of Socialism in America

1:20:23 | Jan 22nd

Today we take a look at socialism in America from our often violent response to the concept in the wake of the Russian Revolution through the recent revival in interest, driven primarily by the younger generation today

#1242 Fighting for a Green New Deal

1:17:25 | Jan 18th

Today we take a look at the groundwork for a Green New Deal as it's being laid and the fight that is heating up around the policies, not just between political parties but between the separate wings (and generations) of the Democratic Party

#1241 The Price of Empire (US Foreign Policy)

1:13:13 | Jan 15th

Today we take a look at the history and mechanics of US empire and the military-industrial-congressional complex that gleefully perpetuates it.

#1240 The bare-knuckle fight for democracy itself

1:18:02 | Jan 11th

Today we take a look at the small-D anti-democratic power grabs implemented by many GOP-led legislatures during the lame-duck session with the explicit intention of subverting the will of the voters and the most significant democracy reform bill sinc...Show More

#1239 Building the future of an international progressivism

1:20:26 | Jan 8th

Today we take a look at the burgeoning call for progressivism to look beyond national borders to create policies, solidarity and power that spans, unified, across the world.

#1238 Bailouts, Tea Parties, Torture, Fear, Health Care and Citizens United (A Look Back at 2009)

1:40:59 | Jan 4th

Today we take a look back at the year 2009 in our annual 10-years-past retrospective to see what we may learn.

#562 Occupy My Heart

39:04 | Jan 2nd

Today, From WCPT Radio, Playwright W. C. Turk, producer Greg Alexander and the Occupy Players we hear a presentation of Occupy My Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol

#784 Christmas in black and white (War on Christmas™) (Repost)

59:45 | Dec 25th, 2018

You didn't think the War on Christmas™ could get any more exciting but then someone decided to bring race into the mix and the whole thing blew sky high. We'll report back as casualty numbers are confirmed.

#1237 Understanding the Yellow Vests protest

1:18:48 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Today we take a look at the Yellow Vests protest in France to understand what they are, how they started and what implications they have for the struggle between neoliberal, fascist and progressive politics worldwide

#1236 The War on Christmas™ 2018

1:16:16 | Dec 19th, 2018

Today, as we do each year, we take a look at the current state of the War on Christmas™ but with more of a historical focus on how we got here

#1235 A Counterbalance to Canonization (The Political Life of George H.W. Bush)

1:16:30 | Dec 14th, 2018

Today we take a look critically at the life and times of George H.W. Bush

#1234 Neoliberalism and the fascism it breeds (Brazilian Election)

1:15:45 | Dec 11th, 2018

Today we take a look at the election of a true neofascist to be president of Brazil and some of the economic and political realities that lead us to this point

#1233 The US-backed war fueling the worlds worst humanitarian crisis

1:19:55 | Dec 7th, 2018

Today we take a look at the ongoing war in Yemen including its origins, multitude of players, the US supporting that is helping drive the worlds worst humanitarian crisis and what we can and should do to stop it.

#1232 Understanding our last chance to save ourselves

1:13:04 | Dec 4th, 2018

Today we take a look at the two major recent climate change reports that were released and some of the new energy arriving in Congress determined to be equal to the task

#1231 A new rise of hatred for an old target (Anti-Semitism)

1:16:50 | Nov 30th, 2018

Today we take a look at the history and present of anti-semitism in America

#1230 Thanksgiving and cultural heritage

1:14:29 | Nov 27th, 2018

Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples

#1155 Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work) (Repost)

56:05 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work

#1229 The politics of anger from the Founding Fathers to the Women's Movement

1:17:22 | Nov 20th, 2018

Today we take a look at the gendered nature of anger and how the anger of women is feared as a potentially revolutionary force

#1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy

1:18:26 | Nov 16th, 2018

Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender

#1227 Stochastic Terrorism and the Bully Pulpit

1:12:50 | Nov 13th, 2018

Today we take a look at rising of right-wing terrorism in the US and the unmistakable link to the violent rhetoric and extreme policies of right-wing politicians

#1226 Understanding the toxic US-Saudi Arabian relationship

1:16:28 | Nov 9th, 2018

Today we take a look at the stunningly consistent history of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. A relationship born out of a need for oil and sustained for the sake of empire.

#1225 The origins of the libertarian plan to remake America

1:17:56 | Nov 6th, 2018

Today we take a look at the movement behind the anti-government, pro-wealthy campaign to remake America that dates back much farther than the Koch Brothers.

#1224 Fixing the underlying mechanism of our democracy (Election Integrity)

1:17:07 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the various ways our election system is vulnerable to tampering and hacking from within and without and how it poses a threat to our democracy by casting doubt on the system whether any tampering actually happens or no...Show More

#1223 How and why conspiracy theories infiltrate our politics

1:21:03 | Oct 30th, 2018

Today we take a look at the phenomenon of conspiracy theories from several different angles including psychology, political necessity and some of the conspiracies de jour.

#1222 A crisis of illegitimacy of our institutions

1:17:38 | Oct 26th, 2018

Today we take a look at the crumbling trust in the Supreme Court in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, not to mention the undemocratic electoral college, undemocratic Senate and a whole slew of anti-democracy GOP dirty tricks that have been used...Show More

#1221 Strategies to take back power for the left

1:17:11 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Today we take a look at various strategies, some institutional and some organizational, for the left to take back power and steer the country back toward small D democracy

#1220 Fighting the Dark Money Machine

1:18:02 | Oct 19th, 2018

Today we take a look at the Koch brothers and the movement they spawned to better understand exactly how to fight back

#1219 How the GOP became the most destructive force in the world

1:21:58 | Oct 16th, 2018

Today we take a look at the distant and recent history of conservatism in America and beyond and follow the steps that have led to their rejection of science at a moment in history when it has never been more critical to heed the warnings of scientis...Show More

#1218 Kavanaugh forced upon America (Supreme Court)

1:19:37 | Oct 12th, 2018

Today we take a look at the process and conclusion of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and how the whole spectacle, top to bottom, was drenched in some of the worst aspects of patriarchy and toxic masculinity that our society has t...Show More

#1217 The monopoly that ate our economy (Amazon)

1:12:07 | Oct 9th, 2018

Today we take a look at the monopolistic practices of Amazon with a focus on their effects on labor and wages in America

#1216 Taking a closer look at Columbus Day

1:10:58 | Oct 5th, 2018

Today we take a look at the rarely-told, real legacy of Christopher Columbus and some of the reverberations from his actions that can still be felt to this day

#1215 Demonizing welfare to divide and conquer

1:17:45 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Today we take a look at the fact that welfare technically no longer exists in America except as a dog whistle term used to push an ideology that divides the majority for the enrichment of the minority.

#1214 The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement

1:19:09 | Sep 28th, 2018

Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strat...Show More

#1213 Ten Years On (The Financial Crisis and Disastrous Recovery)

1:19:50 | Sep 25th, 2018

Today we take a look at where we stand, now ten years on from the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008. Inequality has spiked, the banks are more profitable than ever and not a single banker went to jail for fraud. Now we must look ahead to how w...Show More

#1212 Feudalism with Dinner (Our Culture of Tipping)

1:19:46 | Sep 21st, 2018

Today we take a look at the economics, sexism and racism embedded in the restaurant industry, largely due to the practice of tipping.

#1211 Corporate Monopoly and Political Power

1:15:41 | Sep 18th, 2018

Today we take a look at the current state of the centuries-old fight against the monopolization of economic and political power and how these forces threaten the very concept of democracy.

#1210 Brett Kavanaugh and the Imperial Presidency (Supreme Court)

1:19:23 | Sep 14th, 2018

Today we take a look at the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, his stance on several critical issues and his threat to democratic values and separation of powers in the federal government

#1209 Being part of the solution (How to argue your values)

1:16:43 | Sep 11th, 2018

Today we take a look at some strategies to and reasons why we need to have better political conversations

#1208 Collective power through solidarity (Unions)

1:21:57 | Sep 7th, 2018

Today we take a look at several of the ways that average people benefit from collective action including unionization, class action lawsuits and politically attuned investing of pooled pension funds. Plus, making the obvious case for why the Democrat...Show More

#1207 Bleeding us to death (Health Care Costs)

1:12:20 | Sep 4th, 2018

Today we take a look at many of the underlying reasons that health care in America is so expensive and how those who benefit from the status quo work to keep it that way

#1206 The war on journalism, truth and democracy itself

1:19:07 | Aug 31st, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the tactics and ramifications of Trump's all-out war with journalism which is his strategy to undermine the most potent force capable of opposing an administration of lies and propaganda

#1205 The multi-front war on the environment and our health

1:11:53 | Aug 28th, 2018

Today we take a look at just some of the many ways the Trump administration is systematically attacking the environment and our health to pave the way for increased profits for the business interests who have the administration's ear

#1204 The past, present and future of international trade

1:18:12 | Aug 24th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the historical context for the dynamics of international trade, some progressive ideas about managing the domestic results of trade, the economics and politics of tariffs and the dangers of trade wars.

#1203 The causes and dangers of the international rise of the right

1:12:44 | Aug 21st, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the reasons behind the rise of right-wing movements around the world but also at some of the various shapes they're taking, strategies they're following and emerging trends that may lend them additional momentum in the...Show More

#1202 The threats against reproductive justice - past, present and future

1:07:24 | Aug 17th, 2018

Today we take a look at the threats to reproductive justice everywhere, from the newest Supreme Court nominee to the entire long and storied history of the structures of power clamoring to control the bodies of women with a particular focus on the de...Show More

#1201 Dehumanizing and abusing the outsider for political gain (Immigration)

1:15:23 | Aug 10th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the historical context that sheds light on our current immigration debate by showing that there is essentially nothing new about it, only the details are fresh. We'll also explore the evolution of criminalizing immigra...Show More

#1200 The Democratic autopsy and the progressive path forward

1:22:40 | Aug 7th, 2018

Today we take a look at a few of the reasons the Democrats went from controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency 10 years ago to being completely out of power today and then lay out a series of steps the left can take to return to power

#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics (Encore)

1:00:15 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3,...Show More

#1199 Criticizing a society that breeds depression

1:01:39 | Jul 31st, 2018

Today we take a look at some causes of depression that our society tends to look away from. Instead of focusing only on chemical imbalances, it seems wise to look outside ourselves at the circumstances we find ourselves in and ask how much our surrou...Show More

#1198.5 Decolonization, Reconciliation and The Sacred Mountain - Presenting: Offshore

43:15 | Jul 27th, 2018

Today I do something a little different and present to you (with permission) the entire first episode of the second season of the outstanding podcast, Offshore. Offshore is produced by Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit and non-partisan investigative n...Show More

#1198 All we have to fear is fear itself (Our Culture of Fear)

1:17:32 | Jul 24th, 2018

Today we take a look at our current moment in history and the two basic paths that lay before us, one dominated by fear that drives a willingness to give up power to authoritarian rulers and the other guided by hope for a better future and a willingn...Show More

#1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger (Encore)

1:08:16 | Jul 20th, 2018

Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it

#1197 Showing up at the last minute to fight for the Supreme Court

1:18:54 | Jul 17th, 2018

Today we take a look at the history of what led us to be on the brink of the most conservative Supreme Court in 90 years, some of the details as to what's at stake and some ideas on fighting back, now and in the future

#1196 Building a media that supports rather than undermines democracy

1:16:56 | Jul 13th, 2018

Today we take a look at the media landscape and how it enables rather than challenges our horrific political status quo and we also hear suggested alternatives structures that could help us change the game

#1195 Criminalizing protest with civility as a cudgel

1:09:48 | Jul 10th, 2018

Today we take a look at the attempts to distract with calls for civility and the attempts to suppress dissent with various bans and impediments to protest

#1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism (Encore)

1:11:53 | Jul 7th, 2018

Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may more nigh than ever before

#1194 The why and the how to make voting cool again (Elections)

1:12:07 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Today we take a look at the movement underway to take back power for progressive ideas in this country from a variety of perspectives all working toward a common goal

#1193 Fighting for a representative democracy (voting Rights and Gerrymandering)

1:14:44 | Jun 29th, 2018

Today we take a look at the multi-pronged campaign to prevent as many people from voting as possible and what we can do about it

#1192 Fighting for Single Payer and against our neoliberal health system

1:03:25 | Jun 26th, 2018

Today we take a look at the misguided transformation of our thinking about health care that causes us to accept the idea of it being a market-based commodity, who continues to support this idea and why it continues to make suckers of us all

#1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology) (Encore)

1:23:26 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control

#1191 Stumbling toward peace on the Korean Peninsula

1:04:53 | Jun 19th, 2018

Today we take a look at where we are in the negotiation process with North Korea and how we got here

#1190 Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico

1:13:37 | Jun 15th, 2018

Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism

#1189 Our dehumanizing, traumatizing, child-abusing immigration system

1:20:01 | Jun 12th, 2018

Today we take a look at the absolute horror show that is the US immigration system. Understanding that it was bad before but has been revved up to literally inhumane as our government makes a concerted effort to dehumanize asylum seekers on the run f...Show More

#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement) (Encore)

1:15:30 | Jun 10th, 2018

Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink

#1188 Impoverished, imprisoned and invisible (Disability Justice)

1:18:57 | Jun 5th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the adversity facing disabled people from labor rights to health care accessibility to incarceration

#1187 Taking the long view on Trump and Russia

1:16:35 | Jun 1st, 2018

Today we take a rare sojourn into the world of Trump's seemingly endless corruption in business and life with a focus on his long history with Russia.

#1186 Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy

1:18:47 | May 29th, 2018

Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values

#1110 The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy) (Encore)

1:24:30 | May 25th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying

#1185 Putting the politics of the left back together (Elections)

1:15:40 | May 22nd, 2018

Today we take a look at the importance of the upcoming mid-term elections and the necessary danger of infighting amongst the left

#1184 Lighting the fuse in the Middle East (Iran and Israel)

1:18:53 | May 18th, 2018

Today we take a look at the context and history that preceded the US cancellation of the Iran nuclear agreement

#1183 Debating proposals for a next-generation economy (Social Benefit Programs)

1:16:43 | May 15th, 2018

Today we take a look at both the policies of a Federally-Guaranteed Jobs program and a Universal Basic Income and hear arguments for and against each

#1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men (Encore)

1:27:10 | May 12th, 2018

Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice

#1182 Wrongheaded laws and prosecutors (Injustice System)

1:15:03 | May 8th, 2018

Today we take a look at how we came to have some of the mandatory minimum laws that we do, how they came out of a sense of desperation from an underserved and ignored community, and how prosecutors have used those laws to make things worse. But there...Show More

#1181 The Red-State Revolt (Teachers Strikes)

1:19:44 | May 4th, 2018

Today we take a look at the falling dominoes of rebellion and demands for justice in the form of teachers strikes as they go from one educationally decimated red state to the next

#1180 A Bhutanese Travelogue

1:09:20 | May 1st, 2018

Today I tell stories about Bhutan including personal experiences and what I can about the cultural and political past, present and future of the country

#1108 A conservative solution to solving climate change (Encore with New Ending)

1:12:30 | Apr 28th, 2018

Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done

#1179 Stories from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

1:18:59 | Apr 20th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan including the most famous of their exports, Gross National Happiness and many lesser-known aspects of their focus on happiness, good governance and environmental protection. We w...Show More

#1178 Economic Evolution (Capitalism, Consumerism and Beyond)

1:19:45 | Apr 17th, 2018

Today we take a look at the debate between individualism and varying forms of collectivism, the benefits and drawbacks of consumerism and some philosophies of economics both past and future

#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again (Encore)

58:00 | Apr 14th, 2018

Air Date: 6/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of mo...Show More

#1177 What society does not know, nor want to know about Martin Luther King

1:20:43 | Apr 10th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and reinforced

#1176 The Gun Debate (is less of a debate than we think)

1:26:32 | Apr 6th, 2018

Today, in response to a conservative listener who sent in a voicemail about gun culture and policy, the entire episode is a point by point response to that call, complete with as many clips as usual from some regular and irregular sources, with plent...Show More

#1175 You are the product in the internet economy (Facebook)

1:24:22 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Today we take a look at the latest revelations about the (mis)use of Facebook's data in an attempt to influence US elections, some of those who've seen this coming for years and some thoughts on what to do about it

#1106 If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights) (Encore)

1:00:19 | Mar 30th, 2018

Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country

#1174 Renewed and repackaged racism (Drug War)

1:08:54 | Mar 27th, 2018

Today we take a look at the blossoming of the renewed efforts of the conservative drug warriors

#1173 Think transgenerationally, act simply (Culture and Environment)

1:19:44 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Today we take a look at the structures, barriers and incentives standing between us and simpler, more fulfilling, happier and more environmentally sustainable lives

#1172 The cultural legacy of the way The West was won (Gun Culture)

1:17:29 | Mar 20th, 2018

Today we take a look at the culture behind the gun culture in the US in an attempt to better understand it and to glean new ideas on how to fix it

#1171 Debt, profit and modern-day slavery (Injustice System)

1:21:19 | Mar 16th, 2018

Today we take a look at the catastrophic point where cutting taxes, racism, capitalism, immigration policy and our punitive-rather-than-rehabilitative criminal justice system all meet

#1109 Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement (Encore)

1:01:02 | Mar 13th, 2018

Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart

#1170 Understanding the causes and cures of the opioid crisis

1:14:45 | Mar 9th, 2018

Air Date: 3/9/2018 Today we take a look at Trump's half-hearted and misguided attempt to address the opioid crisis as well as give some understanding to the history of opioids in the US, the multifaceted reasons why they're being abused at record lev...Show More

#1169 Playing with Winter (Threat and Effects of Nuclear War)

1:08:20 | Mar 6th, 2018

Today we use Trump's threats to commit genocide in North Korea as the jumping off point to take a look at the process of launching and the probable result of using nuclear weapons

#1168 Understanding the Rise of the Right

1:14:22 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Today we take a look at the rise of the right from Trumpism in the US to the far-right parties gaining steam in Europe and beyond

#1167 The kids are alright and they are leading the way again (Parkland Shooting)

1:18:43 | Feb 27th, 2018

Today we take a look at the youth-lead response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as some history of youth-protest movements

#1097 Good-Natured (Economics and Culture) (Encore)

1:00:03 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way

#1166 How to create a happier society and why the GOP refuses (Social Benefits)

1:09:07 | Feb 20th, 2018

Today we respond to the recent Trump budget proposal with some economic theories of our own, a description of how we could make ourselves happier and more prosperous and an explanation for why the GOP governing philosophy is so at odds with implement...Show More

#1165 The flip side of the coin (Palestine)

1:20:45 | Feb 16th, 2018

Today, after having recently looked at a few of the details of Israel, we take a look at what's happening on the other side of the border, in Palestine.

#1164 The context of the Korean Peninsula

1:18:02 | Feb 13th, 2018

Today we take a look at the history and context of the Korean Peninsula, how it was split in two in the first place and how self-perpetuating actions have been taken ever since to bring us to the brink of what would be a completely unnecessary and ut...Show More

#1091 Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance) (Encore)

58:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole

#1163 Strange Bedfellows (Israel)

1:20:51 | Feb 6th, 2018

Today we take a look at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do, who supports them and why

#1162 The economics of immigration and demonization

1:17:14 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Today we take a look at the economics of immigration, both the good and the bad, both the domestic and international

#1161 Privacy, what is it good for? (Privacy Rights)

1:20:17 | Jan 31st, 2018

Today we take a look at part of the history of our privacy rights, who they protect the most and what's happening to them recently

#1160 Backlashes (#MeToo and the Women's Movement)

1:15:21 | Jan 26th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March

#1060 We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law) (Repost)

59:36 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible

#1159 Voters need to pick their reps, not the other way around (Gerrymandering)

1:04:45 | Jan 19th, 2018

Today we take a look at one of the most important and least understood problems with our broken democracy, gerrymandering, including some ideas to fix it

#1158 What America refuses to remember about Martin Luther King Jr.

1:11:34 | Jan 16th, 2018

Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King that some people prefer to forget and most people never learned about. In fact, it is likely his forgotten opinions that got him killed rather than his calls for racial equality.

#1157 Policy without humanity (Immigration)

1:18:09 | Jan 13th, 2018

Today we take a look at a bit of the history, and some of the recent developments of, the debate over immigration policy and the people affected by it

#1072 A progressive vision for our economic future (Encore)

57:42 | Jan 9th, 2018

Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here.

#1156 Women of color get the job done (Racism and Elections)

1:11:03 | Jan 5th, 2018

Today we take a look at some of the challenges and triumphs for women of color and what thanks they should get in return

#1155 Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work)

1:07:54 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work

#1154 An election, a crash and echos of the past and future (A look back at 2008)

1:02:29 | Dec 29th, 2017

Today we take a look back to 2008 in our third annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular!

#988 When climate science meets faith-based economics (Encore)

59:52 | Dec 27th, 2017

Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse

#1039 What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism) (Encore)

1:01:19 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker-owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living

#1153 The War on Christmas™ 2017

59:26 | Dec 19th, 2017

Today we look at the current state of the War on Christmas™. Has it already been won by the forces of Trumpism? Do we need a "Surge"? Are we getting unexpected reinforcements from anti-Santa Christians? Turn in to find out!

#1152 Rise of the oligarchy (Money in Politics)

1:18:03 | Dec 15th, 2017

Today we look at the rebirth of the anti-trust movement in a struggle to save democracy in the face of a new era of worldwide corporate tech monopolies

#1094 An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights) (Encore)

1:21:27 | Dec 12th, 2017

Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world

#1151 Resuscitating the anti-trust movement (Monopolies)

1:12:44 | Dec 8th, 2017

Today we look at the rebirth of the anti-trust movement in a struggle to save democracy in the face of a new era of worldwide corporate tech monopolies

#1150 The Price of Free (Silicon Valley and Big Data)

1:21:31 | Dec 5th, 2017

Today we look at some of the hidden ways that big tech is influencing our lives personally and societally

#1149 The loss of liberty at the hands of concentrated power (Media and Net Neutrality)

1:19:32 | Dec 1st, 2017

Today we look at the inevitable results of a lax approach to anti-trust legislation: the consolidation of corporate power and money used to buy influence over the writing of regulations which allow for further consolidation of corporate power. Plus, ...Show More

#1148 Understanding the past to rebuild for the future (Democratic Party)

1:14:04 | Nov 28th, 2017

Today we look at recent revelations about the conduct of the DNC during the 2016 campaign, a new Democratic Autopsy report that strives to shine light the failures and opportunities for the party and the recent election wins and what they can tell us...Show More

#964 History of the Christian Right (Religion) (Encore)

1:08:46 | Nov 24th, 2017

Today we take a look at the history of how Christianity was, in large part, coopted by the Republican party on behalf of business interests and how anyone started getting the idea that we were founded as a religious, much less Christian, nation

#1147 The thrill and horror of the Harvey Weinstein Effect

1:18:21 | Nov 21st, 2017

Today we look at gender-based harassment and assault, the revolution in thinking on the subject we are currently in the midst of and some ideas to institutionalize positive change

#1146 An Unmitigated Disaster (The GOP Tax Plan)

1:16:34 | Nov 17th, 2017

Today we look at just a few of the many ways that the GOP tax plan is intended to help the well-off, harm the needy, kill Obamacare (obviously) and defile a pristine wilderness just to top things off

#1065 The fight for truth in a post-fact world (Media) (Encore)

57:39 | Nov 14th, 2017

Today we look at the problems with the media, so many problems, and what lessons we should learn in the wake of the election

#1145 A government small enough to get inside your body (Reproductive Justice)

1:16:42 | Nov 11th, 2017

Today we look at the many ways conservatives across the country are systematically chipping away at the rights of all people who require access to any kind of reproductive health services

#1144 Denying and deconstructing with all their might (Environmental Regulations)

1:19:50 | Nov 7th, 2017

Today we look at the systematic deconstruction of the environmental regulatory infrastructure at the hands of anti-environment radicals, otherwise known as the "Climate Denying Dream Team"

#1143 Strategies for a winning coalition (Progressive Movement)

1:13:51 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Today we look at the battle at the heart of the rift in the progressive movement over strategies on the proper direction to go from here. As is so often the case, the answer is not one or the other but both

#1096 The oligarch who decided to buy the White House (Corruption)

1:03:16 | Oct 31st, 2017

Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court

#1142 Long past time to boycott the NFL

1:21:34 | Oct 27th, 2017

Today we look at some of the recent and no-so-recent political problems plaguing the NFL including the protests against police abuse, institutional racism, sexism, homophobia and their coverup of the traumatic brain injuries suffered by countless pla...Show More

#922 A crisis of culture (Capitalism)

58:19 | Oct 24th, 2017

Today we take a hard look at modern-day civilization and culture and ponder what we could do to make things better

#1141 The perils of power and powerlessness (Toxic Masculinity)

1:14:13 | Oct 20th, 2017

Today we look at the dangers that (primarily) white men face on multiple points along the power spectrum and how dangerous forms of masculinity lead to the dehumanizing of these men and those they encounter

#1140 Smoke, mirrors and myth (Tax Cuts for the Wealthy)

1:19:58 | Oct 17th, 2017

Today we look at the philosophy, tricks of the trade and long-term strategy behind the GOP's never-ending quest to grant more tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy while cutting popular programs aimed at aiding the poor

#1139 In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting

1:18:40 | Oct 13th, 2017

Today we look at the usual pattern of political and media theatre that occur after every major shooting incident and some of the facts that explain why we shouldn't continue in this pattern any longer

#873 The other new Jim Crow (Voting rights) (Repost)

1:05:43 | Oct 10th, 2017

Today we take a look at the ways the Republican Party has been working to suppress voter turnout to benefit their electoral chances while claiming to be stopping voter fraud which basically doesn't exist

#1138 Condemning, Defending and Rebuilding the Media

1:17:22 | Oct 6th, 2017

Today we look at the inadequacy, the potential, structures and the humanity of the corporate media

#1137 A perfect blend of colonialism, racism and disaster capitalism (Puerto Rico)

1:23:11 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Today we look at the current and ongoing disaster befalling the US territory of Puerto Rico that all began long, long before the most recent hurricanes laid all of the injustice bare

#1136 Doing the Right Thing After Exhausting All Other Options (Medicare For All)

1:12:59 | Sep 29th, 2017

Today we look at the Bernie-Sanders-lead movement to implement the most comprehensive universal health insurance system in the world

#1135 Understanding the Effects of Immigration

1:14:20 | Sep 26th, 2017

Today we look at the economic and criminal implications of immigration policy

#1085 A case against the myth of individualism (Culture) (Rerun)

58:05 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences

#1134 Unnatural Disasters (Hurricanes and Humans)

1:23:20 | Sep 19th, 2017

Today we look not so much at hurricanes and the climate science behind them (though we touch on that as well) but focus more on what we can see more clearly when it’s illuminated by so-called “natural” disasters, the structural inequality and legacie...Show More

#1133 Understanding Authoritarianism

1:22:04 | Sep 15th, 2017

Today we look at the history and structures of authoritarianism and explore how they relate to at Trump campaign and administration

#1132 800,000 Hostages (Immigration and DACA)

1:10:45 | Sep 12th, 2017

Today we look at the combination of racism and cold political calculations that went into the decision to hold 800,000 DACA recipients hostage in order to placate the GOP’s scared white base and create leverage to force through funding for the southe...Show More

#1131 Inflicting pleasure (Media and Propaganda)

1:18:48 | Sep 8th, 2017

Today we look at our vapid media landscape and see how it lead, some would say inevitably, to the election of someone like Donald Trump

#1130 Schoolyard bully with nuclear weapons (Foreign Policy)

1:19:22 | Sep 5th, 2017

Air Date: 09/05/2017 Today we look at just a couple of the major international conflicts Donald Trump is severely under-qualified to navigate Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or be...Show More

#902 Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War)

1:01:47 | Sep 1st, 2017

Air Date: 02/27/2015 Today we take a look at not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our...Show More

#1129 The free press has been bought (Corporate Media and Billionaires)

1:18:17 | Aug 29th, 2017

Air Date: 08/29/2017 Today we look at the systemic problem with advertiser-driven, for-profit media and how billionaires have begun exploiting the system to their own benefit even more Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Be...Show More

#1128 Confronting fascism in the land of free speech

1:11:15 | Aug 25th, 2017

Air Date: 08/25/2017 Today we look at the constant struggle between the freedom to speak and the necessary limits placed on that freedom due to the rights of others to not be substantially harmed by that speech Be part of the show! Leave a message at...Show More

#1127 White supremacy requires violence and there is more to come (Charlottesville)

1:17:29 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Air Date: 08/22/2017 Today we look at what may be the violent death throes of white supremacy. As Trump and the GOP embolden white supremacists to action and violence, the rest of the country is awoken to the need to deal swiftly and decisively with ...Show More

#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics

1:23:02 | Aug 15th, 2017

Air Date: 08/15/2017 Today we look at the origins, underpinnings, and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it t...Show More

#934 The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)

1:01:48 | Aug 11th, 2017

Today we take a look at the history of race and white supremacy in America to understand the incredibly loud echoes of the past that continue to reverberate strongly in modern society Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement...Show More

#1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger

1:18:42 | Aug 8th, 2017

Air Date: 08/8/2017 Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ...Show More

#1124 Searching for a problem to implement a terrible solution (Voting Rights)

1:14:38 | Aug 4th, 2017

Air Date: 08/4/2017 Today we revisit the old idea that if voting mattered they wouldn’t let you do it and the fact that that is exactly what they’re trying to do. Between allowing the chaos and uncertainty caused by hackable and unverifiable voting m...Show More

#1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism

1:11:31 | Aug 1st, 2017

Air Date: 08/1/2017 Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may be more nigh than ever before Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Become a member to su...Show More

#1122 Real-Life Alternatives to the Prison/Industrial Complex

1:20:07 | Jul 28th, 2017

Air Date: 07/28/2017 Today we look at the cause and state of our prison system and hear some suggestions on ways to fundamentally reform it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Amazon: Bookmark your link to support the show when you...Show More

#925 A bad idea for all the reasons (Death Penalty)

1:03:29 | Jul 25th, 2017

Air Date: 05/26/2015 Today we take a look at the US death penalty from all angles. Cultural norms? We’re an outlier. Protecting the innocent? We kill innocent people. Following the letter of the law? We’re absolutely breaking the 8th amendment to the...Show More

#1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology)

1:21:36 | Jul 21st, 2017

Air Date: 07/21/2017 Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Today’s Episode is sponsored ...Show More

#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement)

1:17:08 | Jul 18th, 2017

Air Date: 07/18/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement...Show More